Jim teaches to pass on his special skills, abilities & techniques to the next generation. Jim was a Product Development, Research & Design Engineer who created original products for many companies. He has taught Engineering related Skills for over 27 years. Jim's 'been there-done that' and his unique one-of-a-kind classes give you a head start on your future competition. Jim has developed a unique method of teaching that makes complex things easy to understand if you pay attention. Jim teaches the skills you need to know to get & keep a job, Jimís projects teach and hone skills, reinforce head/book knowledge and develop a basic understanding of scientific principles. Wisdom is knowledge with understanding this is the essential element not taught in most colleges today. These abilities will help you become successful as a designer, creative problem solver or whatever .... In Announcements scroll down and read the 'Steps for Success'. If you have questions, contact Jim.
Jim has left PA after four years and moved those classes to SALT Co-Op in Cedar Hill.
He recommends Richardson & Planio area families check out RHSA it's very large, Christian based & has been a homeschool leader for over 30 years. They have highly qualified teachers and offer a broad variety of classes. Go to
RHSA Co-Op find 2017-18 Catalog (see left box). Jim's classes cost less at RHSA (see Cat pages 15-22) because they started him teaching 28 years ago. Jim's three classes meet on Tues. from 12:30 to 3:30. RHSA meets at Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Rd at Hillcrest. See 'RHSA Co-Op' page above or e-mail Jim for more information. Jim plans to continue teaching as long as he's able, it's a year to year thing since a Ford F150 with huge tires parked on top of him in a store parking lot in March 2013!
Jim's 'Steps for Success'
1) 'A Good Attitude' it's the most important thing and you have control of it. 2) 'Common Sense' Not so common anymore, must be developed. It's the ability to recognize & use what's available to you to fix or solve any problem. 3) 'A Strong Work Ethic' todays kids are lazy, want to play, not learn. You must be willing to spend time & work as hard as needed to reach your goals. 4) 'Quitting is never an option!' Don't give up, press on! "Quitters never win" 5) 'You must think you're smart enough to do anything'. If you don't believe in yourself, that you can do it, then you're defeated before you start. 6) 'Learn from your mistakes'. Edison's lightbulb: took apx. 2,500 tries but he said none were failures because he learned something to do/not do each try. 7) Learn how to apply a combo of knowledge, understanding & divergent creative problem solving methods, skills and abilities to accomplish any goal.
I teach to give you a chance. Our educational system has broken down, students aren't being taught the skills needed to succeed because the current education system doesn't work. Technology is about to explode exponentially and few will be able to keep up. On your first job after college you will be on three months probation to prove they didn't make a mistake hiring you. Fail in your first two jobs and you will most likely have to find a new career.
Over the past 50 years I have developed a unique design method which I've used to invent many successful projects. I know what it takes to be successful and want to share this knowledge and my methods with you, the next generation.
Learn what you need to know before spending $150,000 or more for an education you can't use. I'm available to talk with parents or students when time permits.
New 2017-18 schedule is almost set. After 27 yrs I've decided to teach at only two locations from now on. Tuesdays will be my 28th year at Richardson Home School Assoc. and on Thursdays I will teach at SALT Home School in Cedar Hill. The 'About KLC' page of this website has my background Bio. and class goals information. E-mail me if you have any questions about my classes.
What KLC offers: Unique and fun projects that are designed to teach technical skills & problem solving methods developed by Jim. These popular hands-on projects develop your abilities and demonstrate how to use & apply the basic principles. Both Electrical and mechanical projects are available for all skill levels, beginner to advanced. This is a serious but fun way to teach common sense, logical divergent thinking and creativity. The hands-on class projects develop an understanding of scientific principles and methods used to design something new and original. Engineers that under stand these principles can apply them to invent and design new creative original conceptions. The rest can only modify what others have done (ie: use Google for ideas) because they have knowledge but lack understanding. I try to present all this in a way that's easy to understand and fun to do. We build cool projects that help you remember these things and the bonus is you get to keep the projects.
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"Goals & Purpose"
Popular Dallas teacher Jim McMillan has created special hands-on projects designed to teach you how to think-on-your-feet, Quickly analyze facts and initiate a divergent course of action for any situation.
These abilities apply to anything you do not just science, technology & engineering.
These classes give you an understanding of rules, formulas and scientific principles.They help you develop problem solving skills and a positive 'can do' attitude.
Former three time Science Fair winner, Inventor, Scoutmaster, and Research & Product Design Engineer, Mr. McMillan has used his unique program to create, design and invent products for many companies. Review class descriptions below, If you have questions or comments
Gadgets & Gizmos Class: (ages 8-10) This is a 'FUN' hands-on class that is appealing to both boys and girls who like to make things happen. Students develop specific skills such as using tools, soldering, to follow directions, to pay attention to details and how to work together. They develop these skills and move on to build quality projects.
Jim's teaching method emphasizes a progressive & systematic introduction of tools, skills and abilities necessary to build projects. New projects each year are specifically designed to develop creative skills and help students understand basic principles & problem-solving methods. Students work individually (to hone skills) and in teams (learning to work together) when building various projects. Students are allowed to advance at their own pace, an 8 yr old isn't expected to do what a 10 yr old can do! Parents can e-mail me or talk to me during lunch time with comments or questions about any of my classes.
Examples of some past projects....
1) Make a pet Porcupine. Using a hammer and nails. 2) Learn about screws and screw-drivers then use them to build unique special projects. 3) Learn to solder then make: electronic art, dummy boards, LED flashlights, 'Blinky Robot', etc. 4) Learn about aerodynamics and build things that move, fly or glide through the air. 5) Learn about nuts, bolts & washers, use special parts to make "creatures", "race cars" & other things. 6) Use "Wood Erector set" and metal pieces to build towers, bridges, helicopters or your own creation.
Updated 2017-2018 class descriptions This is a High School class but younger students have taken it successfully for years.
This is a fun 'hands-on' class that teaches logical, critical and divergent problem solving skills that will help you in all aspects of your career. You build and keep creative projects designed to expand and develop your technical abilities. New projects and old favorites offered each year.
Class covers Basic engineering skills that are fundamental to most technical fields. This course is a normal progression of developmental concepts designed to hone application skills and abilities. Time and repetition are needed to grasp the concepts and skills that engineering careers require but are not taught. Colleges teach knowledge but I teach both knowledge and understanding not covered by any college I know of.
I recommend taking this class more than once because it takes time and repetition to understand the basic concepts & material. Talented, gifted or returning students, may select harder projects if they show they can do the work. Usually the first time you take my classes you have a lot of fun but miss a lot of what I teach. This is OK, you're learning a new language. My assistants will help you keep up.
Learn to build Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) and Project Board (PB) kits designed by Jim. We also teach Soldering skills and build both electrical and mechanical projects. Examples of past projects: Fake Lie detector, Voice changer, Intruder Alarm, Spy stuff, Self reversing car, Velleman German Kits, FM Transmitter, Super Snooper, 'Not-A-Bomb', Night Rider, Robot Bug, Jim Designed HexBots, 'Gotcha' Circuit, "Apple Breather" and over 50 special projects in all.
No homework, quizzes don't affect your grade but help me see if you are keeping up. 'No class syllabus' because I design projects after school starts based on the skills and abilities of those taking the class. My best students become my assistants and help the slower students to keep up - this benefits everyone.
We do new projects each year but repetition of basic technical skills is a key to building confidence and ultimately the ability to initiate or modify existing projects. These rare, unique and special classes can give you a head-start in all aspects of your career.
Past students (after being tested) have received college credits and been accepted at MIT, SMU and other prestigious schools. I have invented and designed things since age 10 and want to pass these skills on to you, the next generation. I look forward to mentoring, challenging and inspiring you to reach your fullest potential. To motivate and keep things interesting the projects will be new or changed each year. Come and join the fun!
Updated 2017-2018 class descriptions This is a High School class but younger students have taken it successfully for years.
For young Wanta-be Inventors and Designers: Learn how and why things are made! Get hands-on experience using original methods that I've developed and used over the last 50 yrs to create and design products for companies to build. These are the skills that made me a successful Product Design and Research Engineer - I want to pass them on to you. These principles (my methods) can be applied to most careers not just engineering. Schools today don't prepare students for what will be expected of them when they graduate. I teach to show my students how and what to do to survive in the working environment. Get a head start on your future competition. These classes are unique!
To develop, create, design or invent you must have a basic fundamental understanding of how and why things work. Without this knowledge you can only modify what others have done. The class will take apart all kinds of existing products to see what makes them tick. Sometimes we will fix, modify or use their parts to make something else. This is an exciting class designed to teach application skills, do projects that demonstrate scientific principles and learn skills needed to create new products that solve or meet specific needs.
I suggest taking this class more than once because it takes time and repetition to understand the basic concepts. Usually in the first year in any of my classes you have great fun but most of what I teach goes over your head. This is OK, you're learning a new language. To motivate and keep things interesting the projects will be new or changed each year. Come and join the fun! Students can bring things to fix, to work on themselves or to share with the class. There is no homework or quizzes, students are graded on class participation and attitude.
Examples of past projects:
We have built gaming computers, Free Wi-Fi antennas, lightning generators, Marshmallow Cannons, Rat(trap) Racers, a go-cart & LED lantern survival light. Learned how to wire home electronics like ceiling fans, stereos, surround sound, install light cutoff switches in two or more locations with a dimmer. Studied Humanoid Robotics, Automotive stuff (ask me about it), Taken apart; X-boxes, R/C cars, computers, smart phones, hard drives, keyboards, electric motors, drills, soldering irons, glue guns, a lawn mower engine, converted a 2 speaker system to sound like a 'virtual surround' system, used metal & plastic bending tools and many other things.
Class Registration: RHSA, Richardson Home-school Assoc. Visit their web-site www.RHSA.org . The Co-Op meets at Temple Shalom, Hillcrest at Alpha, their phone no. answered Tues & Thurs during school hours is 972-234-8404. E-mail: email@example.comGeneral information: Class cost vary ($45-$50/mo) due to the fees I'm charged. The Materials fee ($75/yr) covers class projects - my expenses are about $130/student. Check the Bulletin Board for latest information, updates & announcements. Future Classes: Offering several new options starting this Fall - See Bulletin Board for options. If interested in offering our classes or Summer Camps at your location, call 214-521-1444 or E-mail Jim McMillan to set a time to meet or discuss options.
Fall Class Schedule (Scan Down) 2015-16 Home, Private and After-School classes will again be taught at three locations
Tues: RHSA Home-school Co-Op Now meets at Temple Shalom, on Hillcrest 1/2 mile North of LBJ - go to the back entrance.
Thursday: SALT HomeSchool Co-Op, Cedar Hill! All 3 Classes, information to be posted by March 25, Call Jim, 214-521-1444 or e-mail me if you have questions about me or these classes. I last taught classes at Salt ten years ago.
Leaving The Prometheus Academy in May 2017. If interested contact Jim to discuss ...... My classes are geared for ages 8 to 17. E-mail Jim or call him at 214-521-1444.
Possible college credits:
1) It's possible to qualify for Pre-Engineering college credits if you take 2 years or more of Technical Science and/or Engineering Skills. This will give you a major advantage over other students & the possibility of advanced placement.
2) Sci-Tech 1&2 (pre-engineering) will be taught at the same time but second year or those who can do the work have the option to select more difficult projects.
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1 Animusic 1&2 Animated instruments, 2 disc set G 2 The Machines Fanastic exhibit at the MIT Robotics Museum G 3 Night at the Museum 1&2 Comes Alive/Battle of Smithsonian G 4 The Black Stallion Shipwrecked Horse becomes champion G 5 Cars An animated world of cars G 6 Inspector Clouseau   Bumbling Pink Panther Detective G 7 Wall-E   nbsp;Adventures of Junk Yard Robot G 8 62 Classic Cartoons   Superman,Casper, Popeye & more G 9 6 Hrs of Cartoons   Fabulous Cartoon Funnies, 6 hours G
15 Troop Beverly Hills Very funny Girl Scout Adventures PG 16 National Treasure 1 & 2 Seeking the worlds greatest treasures PG 17 Ice Age 1, 2 & 3 Pre-Historic/Meltdown/Dinosaurs PG 18 Madagascar 1 & 2 Escape to Africa & Penguins Adventure PG 19 The Rocketeer Top secret jet pack found PG 20 StarTrek/StarTrek 3 1st Contact/Search for Spock PG 21 Young Indiana Jones Treasure of the Peacocks eye PG 22 Lord of the Rings 1 &2 Return/Fellowship of the King PG 23 2 Fantastic-4 movies Original & Rise of the Silver Surfer PG 24 Robots Comedy - Robot movie PG 25 Hitchhikers Guide Inner Galactic Space Travelers PG 26 Kart Racers (unlimited) Courage has no Speed Limit PG 27 Lemans Prototype Racing European Championship Series PG 28 Bullitt (Steve McQueen) Best car chase in movie history PG 29 Short Circuit (Johnny 5) Runaway robot think he's alive PG
35 Days of Thunder Racing movie with Tom Cruise PG-13 36 Italian Job Orig/Remake Wild bank robbery & escape PG-13 37 The One Destroy the matrix to save the universe PG-13 38 Blackbeard Pirates of the Caribbean sequence PG-13 39 Ironman 1 & 2 A thrill a minute Robotman PG-13 40 Avatar Return to Pandora, Adv civilization PG-13 41 I Robot Adv powerfull robots try to take over PG-13